Courts & Crime

Hearing on placing 7th sexually violent predator in Sacramento area

A public hearing is scheduled for next month to vet the placement of a seventh "sexually violent predator" in Sacramento County.

The state's Department of Mental Health, which oversees the treatment program for such sex offenders, is proposing to release 61-year-old Steven Joseph Jones into his home county of Sacramento, according to local authorities. If his placement is approved by the Sacramento Superior Court, he will live at a home in the 5000 block of Tyler Street, which was recently vacated by another sexually violent predator, authorities said.

The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 15 before Judge Jack Sapunor in the downtown courthouse. The department has not been determined.

Jones was first convicted of a sexual offense in 1987, when he was sentenced to six years in prison for lewd and lascivious acts on a child under the age of 14, said Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Jones, who oversees the Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement team and sits on the sexually violent predator housing committee.

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